The Thomson Cable Handling Yoke is the most efficient way to lift cable drums and to lay cable using an excavator crane.

By simply withdrawing two retaining pins the drum shaft is released from the yoke.

Fit the drum shaft to the cable drum, pick the shaft up with the yoke and reset the retaining pins and the device is ready for laying cable.

The Thomson Cable Handling Yoke can be fitted with a hydraulic rotator to help angle the drum for accurate cable laying and an optional control arm with cable thimble can also be supplied for cable guidance.

Standard model has a payload capacity of 3,000kg but the device can be supplied in any required size and capacity.

Integrated drum handler of mechanical industry
  • Minimises Handling Time
  • Maximises Productivity
  • High Reliability
  • Custom Specifications Available


  • Standard :-  2.5m Diam. x 1.5m Drum
  • SWL :-  3,000kg or 5,000kg
  • Can be supplied to suit any drum size and weight to order – please contact for further details


  • Shackle Attachment
  • Hydraulic Rotator
  • Fixed Quick-Hitch Head


Specifications Document
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Integrated drum handler and cable layer for machines.
Integrated drum handler for mechanics


  • Extremely Robust
  • Quick and Simple to Use
  • All Steel Welded Construction
  • High Resistance to Dynamic Loads
  • Can be Built to Suit any Drum Size
  • Handle Drums and Lay Cables